The Best String Lubricant Is...

Discussion in 'Strings' started by db10s, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. sepidoel

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    It's a spray, use it with caution and hardly get into skin. To be frank I purposefully touched it to know how it feels and no problem happened within a few minutes before I washed my hand. That's not something I would call "extremely harmful" to skin/body.

     
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  2. 2Hare

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    Sorry I misread the picture. It's just fatal or harmful when swallowed with harmful vapour on top of being a skin and eye irritant. Do you really want to get those stuffs on to tennis balls? I certainly would not want to play with anyone who uses it. It's not worth the health risk!
     
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  3. Rozroz

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    tend to agree. you pick up balls many times, with sweat, wiping it all on your towel or wrist band, and it can all end up on your mouth, skin etc.
     
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  4. Backhanded Compliment

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    It does dry pretty quickly so most of the bad stuff evaporates (which I always let it do) and you do know that most popular poly strings are coated with something?
     
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  5. sepidoel

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    I agree with Backhanded Compliment. It dries up very quick and what you get is lubricant as much as new poly.
    Moreover tennis is never a hygiene sport to begin with - I don't know any tennis equipment that is food grade quality (except Nadal's especially prepared trophy :p). Have you ever imagine what things attach to your grip, racket, ball etc (are you sure your tennis friends' shoes never step on animal's excrement or some dangerous chemical?).

    So before worry about lubrication I suggest to start examining whether you have unhealthy habit during and after tennis.
     
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  6. 2Hare

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    I'm not saying you shouldn't use Silicon Spray at all. I'm saying you shouldn't use YOUR silicon spray when there's food grade silicone spray around. And yea there's already enough petroleum based tennis products to gummed up our DNAs, why add another one?
     
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  7. v-verb

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    I'll have to look up food grade silicone spray - any suggestions as to brand etc?

    Thanks!
     
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  8. 2Hare

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    I think any brand would suffice. They do similar job.
     
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  9. Quackadily Blip

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    I Tried rubbing Nivea lotion on a full bed of cyclones every 30-50 minutes and it noticeably increased spin. Even better is that I didn't notice any huge drop in spin from when they were fresh and when they broke. Also I wasn't even thinking about cutting them out when they broke. I would definitely reccomend people trying this out as there are no downsides unlike some of the other lubricants.
     
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  10. struggle

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    just soak your tennis balls in lube and you'll never need to apply it to the strings.
     
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  11. ShahofTennis

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    HCl, It'll feel like your strings aren't even there.
     
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  12. Chotobaka

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    Fast swing speed and a good swing path!
     
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  13. Fintft

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    Allen's bow string wax bc it also cleans the natural gut of stone chips etc.
     
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  14. QuadCam

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    I use coconut on my strings but that is mainly to keep the gut mains from fraying so fast. I wipe them down after each match. The gut mains (poly crosses) seem to really last by using the coconut oil. additionally, there is great spin initially but loses that effect fairly quickly.
     
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  15. Muppet

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    I think it's really string dependent. For a Hexy Fiber full bed, I tried silicone spray, but the string absorbed it right up. Then I tried a light rub of ski wax and rubbing it in with my fingers, after stringing the mains. This seems to work pretty good. I haven't had enough playtime on it to provide empirical info.
     
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  16. Povl Carstensen

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    Fast Fret (for musical strings) is proving very long lasting, so also economical.
     
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  17. Chotobaka

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    It is white mineral oil.
     
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  18. Povl Carstensen

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    Yes in a handy, practical, reasonably priced package. Great.
     
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  19. Chotobaka

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    You can simply buy mineral oil for a small fraction of the price.
     
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  20. Povl Carstensen

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    I have not tried that, but Fast Fret works very well in a practical package designed for applying it, and storing it when not in use. It has a wooden grip etc., actually designed for applying on strings.
     
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  21. Quackadily Blip

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    Armor all

    I tried using armor all and it worked well, slightly better than lotion and lasted about an hour before the strings stopped snapping back. If you use it be careful to not breath it in though as i got a minor soar throat. Also apply it outdoors and pull your shirt up over your mouth and nose.
     
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  22. Povl Carstensen

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    Imagine the waste you have between strings with a spray. And "If you use it be careful to not breath it in though as i got a minor soar throat. Also apply it outdoors and pull your shirt up over your mouth and nose."!? Much better with a stick.
     
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  23. newyorkstadium

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    Corners, did you ever try this? I was just re-reading some old threads and noticed this brilliant idea. If so, did it wrap around the string and stick for a decent amount of time? Thanks
     
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